Nick Robinson, who plays the lead role in Love, Simon, has revealed to Ellen that the film’s subject matter hit close to home and encouraged his brother to come out as gay.
The 22-year-old actor, who portrays closeted teen Simon, told DeGeneres on her talk show, that his brother came out to him around the time of filming which gave the role more significance for him.
“He came out right around the same time we started filming. I think he had been dealing with this for a long time. The timing was sort of coincidental,” Robinson said.
“One of the best things that came out of this movie was just being able to talk to him and I think the strength of a film like this is it starts conversations. I hope it can do that for more people.”
Robinson also addressed difficulties for him taking on a gay role as a straight actor, and credited DeGeneres for helping pave the way for mainstream LGBTI representation in the media.
“It was a conversation with Greg Berlanti, our director, we went back and forth and we talked about it,” Robinson said.
“But I really think that with a project like this, especially today, there’s been so much progress in the last 20 years, a lot of which is thanks to you and everything that you’ve done. If you hadn’t come out when you did we might not have this movie now.”
You can watch the full interview below: